Malawi

 

Travellers here are often amazed at how different Malawi is from neighbouring Central African countries and how much variety there is in this small nation.

Malawi

Lake Malawi in the east of the country is the most prominent feature, nearly 600 km. long and up to 100km. wide and is considered Africa’s most beautiful lake.

Whilst Malawi might not have the quantity of game of Zambia or Botswana, the game areas it has are superb.

Although generally not considered by first time African travellers, Malawi will appeal to the adventurous looking for somewhere ‘off the beaten track’ with an eclectic mix of experiences in a country with the friendliest people in Africa.

Safari

Liwonde National Park, just south of Lake Malawi, is relatively small, but offers superb game viewing centred on the Shire River which flows out of Lake Malawi and eventually joins the Zambezi in Mozambique.

The elephant viewing and birdlife are exceptional, and lion are sometimes seen. At Mvuu Lodge, Malawi’s most luxurious game destination, there is a variety of activities ranging from day and night boat trips and game drives to bush walks.

Nyika National Park boasts some of the most dramatic landscape in Africa, with the wooded lower slopes giving way to open rolling grasslands with lush montane forests nestled in the folds of the hills.

Here you can see rare bird species and herds of roan and eland and because of the cool climate, there are regular daytime sightings of leopard.

This is ideal country for horse riding on day rides or longer specialist riding safaris which enable you to approach game far closer than on foot or in a vehicle.

Accommodation at Chelinda Lodge with views out on the rolling grasslands of the high Nyika is extremely comfortable and the welcome as warm as anywhere in Africa.

We can design itineraries for fly-in or mobile safaris combining these and other game destinations such as Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve and Lengwe National Park or hiking on the 3000m peak of Mulanje Mountain .

Lake Malawi

Crystal clear water and shoals of brightly coloured freshwater cichlid fish offer wonderful snorkelling up and down the lake, and there are opportunities for kayaking or sailing an ocean-going catamaran.

There are family friendly resort hotels and small intimate lodges that are perfect for honeymooners on the Malawi and Mozambican shores, and romantic island hideaways offering all sorts of water sports including scuba diving.

A trip to Lake Malawi is much more than a beach holiday, and combines brilliantly with safari within the country or in Zambia.

 

Images courtesy: Kaya Mawa, Pumulani, Mkulumadzi